What up guys, Sean is the name or Gouldinator1 or Aussie. I am almost 6 feet tall and of a decent build. I was born in Canberra the nation’s capital of Australia. I have lived here my whole life which hasn’t been all that long and I am the oldest out of three brothers. My dad is a Queenslander and my mum is a Victorian, so I am more Queenslander than anything else. So I am a hard core Queenslander (Samoan is probably the only one that knows what that means).
I am now at university studying a degree in IT and between that Football, work and my girlfriend I do barely anything else other than surf the net for broncos stuff. I am currently in my second year of university and about 8 months into my IT Cadetship job.
Now the story about how I become a broncos fan is either lucky or lead by a higher power. Because you see here in Australia pretty much no one has heard of gridiron. And the only people that play it do it for fun. So in 2002 I had no idea this sport even existed. I was doing an assignment for school and I was going through a sports magazine looking for pictures for a poster. This is where I came across a picture of a player in full uniform and getting ready to throw a pass. At the time I had no idea who that was and what sport he was playing. It just looked cool, so I cut out the picture and stuck it on my pin board. I now know that the player was Kurt Warner when he played for the Rams. To this day I still have that picture to remind me how lucky I am to be involved in this sport. That picture was the start.
Just some background information, I happen to be a big games player, Playstation is my weapon of choice.
The next time I came across a picture like the Kurt Warner one was on the cover of madden 2003 about 6 months after I found the Kurt Warner picture. It had Marshall Faulk on the cover. So for my birthday I got that game. Had no idea about the sport at all, so the first time I played the game I had no idea what I was in for. And let me tell you it was probably the best game I have ever played, the sport interested me so much. All the technique and strategy that is involved in the gridiron and the hard, toughest of the game was just what I had been looking for.
Now when I played madden I didn’t know the teams so I didn’t know who to roll with. So I did some research, looked at all the teams and their history. When I came to the broncos it just felt like home. Since that day been following the broncos and been through the highs of 2003-2004 season and the lows since then. And are now looking forward to this season.
It wasn’t til year 11, I was 16 at the time, I was watching the local news and in the sport they did a small story on the local gridiron competition. I sat there upright and glued to the TV, I could not believe there was a local league. So the following year I managed to convince a few of my friends who had also started following the sport to play juniors with me. So the six of us played and since then I have got another two of my mates to play. That first year I played Juniors, State and Seniors. I played from the start of January to the end of November. Since then I have played another two Senior’s seasons, and played for Australia against some America State High School teams.
Now time for my rant. One thing that has annoyed me is something simple and small but I would like to bring it up. Whenever the winner of the Superbowl is announced they say they are champions of the world. I sit there like when did they give us a chance to compete for it? No they didn’t. So how can they be world champs? Then again I know they would dominate any team that we could put together so they can say that. But I would like to see a world cup in gridiron. Give every country a chance. Make it bigger than the soccer world cup. I know the NFL is trying to spread the sport but are they doing enough. Just going to England and Japan. What about everywhere else. It is countries like my own that are spreading this sport. We send teams all over the world. New Zealand, All the island around Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, Scotland and we go to America to make our teams better. We are the ones setting up competitions to help spread this sport. Outside of America this sport isn’t massive. In most countries this sport isn’t even known. We don’t get payed to play, we pay to play.
So you’re wondering ‘Aussie why the rant’, well I want to see this sport grow and have a massive following in every country. I want a world cup bigger than the soccer world cup. So at every chance I try to tell people about the sport, grow the following. And it seems to be working, the following in Canberra alone has more than doubled. And there is more media coverage in Australia, it is building. So that is my goal that is what I work towards.Here is some highlight videos of the 07 and 08 ACT Gridiron seasons. The team I play for is the Tornadoes, the dark blue uniforms.
Well that is enough from me – Aussie out